Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Lilacs are in Bloom

And this one is perfect for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge which is to use beads or pearls on your project. I have always loved this lilac stamp and this is my first time inking it up, yikes! I colored it with Copics...having thought I would use it for last weeks Copic Creations Challenge, but then I covered it all in Art Quest Pastel and Metallic watercolors. Of course the paint is just adding mostly shimmer. The shading is done with the Copics.

After coloring and painting (on Neenah Solar Crest Ultra Smooth cs) I then sprayed the entire panel with Glimmer Mist in Vanilla Breeze-it has such a beautiful shimmer! The image panel is layered on Prism cs and popped up on more Prism cs. The ribbon I think is from Flourishes...it's two sided, luscious and silky! I added a bow at the top and finished it off with flat backed pearls.

My lilacs are now in bloom and smell divine-they are my very favorite flower! I had posted last year about my grandfathers lilac bush which I transplanted from his home in the Adirondacks to my yard only to have workmen here destroy half of it. I transplanted it yet again to a safer part of the yard. It had never bloomed at his home that I or my mother can ever remember. It was in a lot of shade and being crowded out by a much larger tree and had no chance. I was afraid it would never survive the move but an employee of a local nursery told me that it could take as long as 3 years after a transplant for the bush to recover and if it is still getting new growth not to give up. Well...I am happy to report that after being in my yard for 3 years it now has it's first and only flower! I did such a happy dance! I have 3 others in full bloom as well so I am in my glory! Come on-happy dance with me! Ok, you don't have to...but I still will!

19 comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful, love the layering and coloring, Hugs Cindyxxoo

Tammy Hershberger said...

Happy dancing!!! BEAUTIFUL card!!!

Cheryl Joshua said...

Beautiful,love the gorgeous colour combo it is so striking!!!
xx

Kelly Schelske said...

So beautiful Danielle!! Lilacs are my favorite too...we don't have any...yet, but definitely want to plant some!!

Hugs, Kelly

Barbara said...

Gorgeous, Danielle! I'm dancin' with you!

Riet said...

Wowww Danielle,what beautiful.

Hugs Riet.x

noble pig said...

Oh my goodness it so beautiful in it's purpley goodness. I can small it from here!

LeAnne said...

GOR-JUS!!! Love it, so pretty!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Beautiful!! Gorgeous coloring! Thanks for playing along! :)

Candy said...

Gorgeous!!

Carol Dee said...

Beautiful card, I love lilacs. My bush is looking good right now. Hmmm, I think I will go and bring a handyful into the house. YEP, time to happy dance. :)

Tammi said...

Danielle that's awesome!! So happy it's blooming for you and love the special meaning behind the plant, tfs! And WOW, gorgeous card!! Beautiful touch with the glimmer mist.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Gorgeous ribbon, gorgeous colors, love the image!!

Rose Ann said...

Oh my goodness, Danielle...your lilacs are gorgeous!! Beautiful coloring, and I love your ribbon treatment and pearls!!

Ila said...

Wow!! your card is Beautiful!!...love the lilac..and colors....(who says a person needs patterend paper to make an Gorgeous card!)....Lilacs are my favorite flower and smell....(hubby allergic to them though darn it!!)). Doin' the happy dance with ya'!!!

paulatracy66 said...

This is stunning and also happens to be my fav smelling flower!! Gor-Juss Danielle!!

shel9999 said...

Gorgeous, Danielle! I love the pearls!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Love it!! Such beautiful shading! Thanks for joining us in the Copics Creations Challenge!

Leslie Miller said...

Wow! Gorgeous! Incredible! I'm doing a happy dance for this card. Okay, I'll dance for your grandfather's lilac bush, too, since I love flowers so much. Would you believe I have no lilacs? I can't imagine where I'd put them...